I have asked just to be SURE I was correct in a Facebook group for DAR members and I was told that there ARE a few exceptions to the Bunker Hill 1775 date --- and they involve committees that directly aid the Patriot cause but that appointed Judges would have to meet the normal start date to quality. The specific quote is:
Patriotic Service, which includes:
Members of the Continental Congress, State Conventions, and Assemblies
Membership in committees made necessary by the War, including service on committees which furthered the cause of the Colonies from April 1774, such as Committees of Correspondence, Inspection, and Safety, committees to care for soldier's families, etc.